With the release of PLGP and PLGE (Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee), it has changed the way players experience the game. There is one main new feature that you can’t help but noticing: The Pokemon now spawn in the Overworld. What is an Overworld? Well, there are two different “worlds” in the game. There is one “world” where the character runs around, finds Pokemon and items (etc). The other “world” is only accessible when you encounter a Pokemon. So, the Overworld is where you can see Pokemon before encountering them. In every previous main-stream Pokemon game, one must run around in the grass before finding a Pokemon. Now, all the player must do is wait in the grass, water, or in the air before a Pokemon spawns. Because of this, it is now easier to find (or avoid) Pokemon. And with this simple tutorial, you will be able to find shiny Pokemon in no time!
A shiny Pokemon has a 1 out of 4,096 chance of popping up. Basically, if you were to see 4,096 Pokemon, chances are that only 1 of them will be shiny. This doesn’t mean that for every 4,096 Pokemon, only 1 of them will ever be shiny. You could very well get two shiny Pokemon to spawn together. Think of it like this: Before every Pokemon spawns, the game “rolls a die” to see if that Pokemon will be shiny. This “die” has 4,096 sides, and if it lands on 1 when it is rolled, the Pokemon will be shiny. Fortunately, there are some ways to increase your odds. When your chances are increased, the “die” loses sides. With these simple methods to increase your chances, it can get to the point where the “die” only has 273 sides.
A catch combo is when you consecutively catch the same Pokemon over and over. So if I were to catch 16 Caterpie in a row, without catching something else, I would have a Catch Combo of 16 on Caterpie. However, there are certain rules that pertain to a Catch Combo. Certain things will break your combo. Here are the “do’s and don’ts” that apply to your Combo:
What WILL Break Your Combo
• Catching a different Pokemon
• Turing off and quitting your game
• Any Pokemon that runs from you
What WON’T Break Your Combo
• Going into a trainer battle
• Running from any Pokemon
• Leaving the area (e.g. if I ran out of Poke Balls or Lures, I could go to the Poke Mart, buy more Poke Balls, go back to the route I was on, and I would still have my catch combo)
• Encountering a different Pokemon (as long as you don’t catch it)
• Turning off your Switch (putting it in sleep mode)
• Going to the Home Menu on your Switch
Note: A catch combo can carry over to all areas of the game. This means I could catch 22 Caterpies in Route 2, then go to Viridian Forest and keep catching Caterpie.
Lures have several different abilities in this game. A lure will increase the overall spawn rate. This means that more Pokemon will be spawning all around you. Lures also increase the chance for Rare Spawns (e.g. Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are all Rare Spawns) and Pokemon with low spawn rates to generate. And yes, lures can also increase the chance for shiny Pokemon to appear. It doesn’t matter whether you use a regular Lure, or you are using Max Lures. Any lure will increase your chance of getting any shiny Pokemon.
The Shiny Charm
The Shiny Charm is an in-game item that has been in Pokemon games since Black and White were released. The only way to get the Shiny Charm is by completing the Poke Dex (except Mew, Meltan and Melmetal). Once you obtain the Shiny Charm, it increases your chances by 300% (permanently making the “die” only have 1,365 sides).
As your Catch combo increases, so does your chance of getting a shiny. If you have the Shiny Charm, that will increase your chances even further. And slapping that lure on will still further increase your chance. So, you can basically get to the point where you have a 1 out of 273 chance of finding a shiny Pokemon. Here is a chart that breaks down the chances:
Two more things to note. 1) As the Catch Combo goes up, so does the chance for Max IVs.
- 0-10 minimum 0 Max IVs
- 11-20 minimum 2
- 21-30 minimum 3
- 31+ minimum 4.
You still could potentially get more Max IVs at lower chances (e.g. you could get 4 Max IVs at 11-20). However, you only get the guaranteed chance on the Pokemon you are comboing (e.g. if you have a catch combo of 31 on Caterpie, you will not be guaranteed 4 Max IVs on a Weedle that you catch). 2) The chance for getting a shiny pertains to all Pokemon. This means that I could have a Catch Combo of 31 on Weedle, have a lure on, and have the Shiny Charm, yet still have a 1 in 273 chance for a shiny Pidgey.
Finding the Shiny
As you can see from the photo above, you will be able to see a shiny Pokemon when it first spawns. In Pokemon GO, you have to encounter the Pokemon before seeing if it is shiny. In PLGP/E, it will spawn as its shiny form. So, the big difference is obviously the color. But some Pokemon have a very similar shiny variant.
As you can see, the only, easily, noticeable difference is the eyes. And if the Jigglypuff is not facing you, you might not be able to see it. Well, there is another way to tell if a Pokemon is a shiny:
When a shiny spawns, it will have golden sparkles around it. In the picture above, this shiny Caterpie has some golden sparkles floating above him. This feature is really nice, because if you come across a shiny Jigglypuff, and it is not facing you, you can still see the golden sparkles. And it really helps with a shiny Pokemon like Poliwag. Poliwag and its shiny variant has very little difference. So, the golden sparkles will really help.
With all the tips from this walk-through, you should be catching shiny Pokemon in no time. Hope this helps!
Thanks to Serebii.net for shiny chances and individual Pokemon images.